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Oct. 18, 2006

Alumnus To Discuss Leveraged Buy-outs In UI Lecture

Venture capitalist and University of Iowa engineering alumnus Jim Ashton will discuss leveraged buy-outs and merger transactions when he speaks to the Entrepreneurial Ventures Group at the University of Iowa. Ashton's lecture, "Innovation in Financing a Deal: A Case Study of Engineered Products", will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in S401 Pappajohn Business Building.

Ashton's lecture will explore the real life case study of a $30 million leveraged buy-out transaction his company completed. The success of that deal carefully crafted both the science of due diligence and art of creative financing.

The lecture is free but reservations are requested. To RSVP, visit, or call 319-335-1022 by Oct. 22. Refreshments will be provided.

Ashton graduated from the UI in 1964 and went on to earn his MBA at Harvard and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently president of his own consulting and equity firm, Ashton Capital Partners, and is chairman and/or CEO of five companies in the manufacturing and technology industries. In addition, he sits on the boards of three others.

The Entrepreneurial Ventures Group (EVG) promotes faculty entrepreneurship and technology commercialization at UI and throughout the state. EVG presentations are open to faculty, staff and community members interested in education, networking and supporting faculty entrepreneurship and technology commercialization activities. This interdisciplinary partnership includes the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Law, University of Iowa Research Foundation, and Office of the Vice President of for Research. EVG programs are also part of Iowa Centers for Enterprise: Business & Commercialization Services, which integrates existing economic development activities at UI and is sponsored by Iowa State Bank & Trust Company.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,